Local Skills Academy

Creating a connected community in a digital way

I Love Thorndale has doubled down on our support for local businesses, while also providing opportunities for local residents to connect, through our Local Skills Academy initiative.  The Local Skills Academy will see local business owners facilitate sessions teaching skills that relate to their business expertise, and hopefully this will lead to more awareness that will grow their customer base.

A different guest will be featured each week and will share their expertise and interact with the participants through Zoom.

Date: every Wednesday, starting January 20, 2021
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom - click here to join
Meeting ID: 961 4630 9609 (no password)
No registration required.
Recordings will be posted at the bottom of this page and on our YouTube page.

Local businesses or residents that are interested in sharing their skill (no direct sales, please), can e-mail info@ilovethorndale.ca

Your support for local businesses can be as simple as participating in these session.

Visit our business directory to learn more about what our community has to offer.


Session Schedule


Topic and Host


Special Offer

January 27
6:30-7:30 p.m.

Meet the Groomer, Jessica Daltrey
Franklyn's Paw Spa

Congratulations to Catherine who won the year of nail trims!
View the full recording here. 

Hey guys! To those of you who joined in on the Zoom meeting last night, here are some links for the products I mentioned during the meeting.
* Please note there are many different types of products other than the ones I've listed below, what I've listed are just ones I personally would suggest. Use what works for YOU and feels good in your hands.
* You can also buy these products from other places (Amazon, other pet stores). I just posted links to the businesses I usually buy from.
➡️ "Quicker Slicker" leave in conditioner. Please use this to help reduce static and help detangle your pets fur.
➡️ Shampoo and Conditioner (message me if you'd like to know which one would work for your pet)
➡️ For most coat types
➡️Line brush as I showed in the video, part the hair so you can see the skin and gently line brush to make sure everywhere is tangle free.
➡️ To check your work while brushing.
➡️ There are small and large ones.
➡️ Just in case you get a nail too short.
➡️ To safely break through Matt's so you dont have to use scissors.
📢 Please remember!
➡️Every tool can be dangerous to use if not used correctly. Feel free to reach out to me if you'd like any help with at home pet maintenance. Safety is the upmost importance so please do not continue what you are doing if your dog is stressed.
➡️Deep breath, stay calm and keep the vibes in your grooming environment relaxed and quiet.
➡️ Breaks and a positive experience is the goal.
➡️ Cookies are also key 😉

February 3
6:30-7:30 p.m.

Debbie Ziraldo
Ziraldo Alpacas

All participants will be entered to win a prize from Ziraldo Alpacas!

February 10
6:30-7:30 p.m.

Gavin Anderson
Anderson Craft Ales

Gavin Anderson of Anderson Craft Ales will discuss craft beer and offer tips for appreciating different varieties. Gavin will talk a bit about different beer styles, with guided tastings if anyone wants to follow along, and the history of the different styles and how they are made.  To get a bit of variety, Gavin will go through:

-Gold Lager
-Cream Ale
-Brown Ale
-IPA and Juicy/Hazy/ New England IPAs
-Belgian Dubbel (Winter)

If you would like to enjoy these beers during the session, you can purchase a "Mystery Six-Pack" and in the additional notes mention the Thorndale skills academy session. These will be delivered to your home in time for the session.
No purchase necessary to participate.


Shop Anderson Craft Ales here and enter the code "Thorndale" for free shipping!

Catch the video recording at the bottom of the page.

February 17
6:30-7:30 p.m.

Furniture Refresh Tutorial
Robin Thorel-Rae
Lilylane Decor and Design 

Do you have a piece of furniture that no longer suits your style? Is the structure good, but the finish is damaged or outdated? Join us to learn how to update the look. You will need a small piece of furniture, such as an end table, chair, shelf, etc. You will also need sand paper, a paint brush and paint. Robin will be using Country Chic paint (available from Lilylane Decor and Design!), but you can use whatever paint you have on hand.

Mention this skill share event to get 20% of Country Chic Paint from Lilylane Decor and Design. Contact-less pick-up is available!

February 24
6:30-7:30 p.m.

Melanie Sorensen
The Market on King 

Enjoy a video tour of the current location including details of the store and product. Then head out for a road trip to the farm which will be the market's new location. Once at the farm the new store with be featured, including renovations that are yet to come. Enjoy a tour of the chicken and beef barns, visit the horses, all the while talking about the skills involved in the operation of the farm, governing health policies around the commercial kitchen. Melanie will answer all of your questions! See you there!

March 3
6:30-7:30 p.m.

Local Real Estate Panel

How is the pandemic affecting our housing market? What are some tips for buying or selling in Thorndale?

March 10
6:30-7:30 p.m.

Dr. Kae Laio
Thorndale Chiropractic

March 17
6:30-7:30 p.m.

Laurie Ahrens
Edible Acres

Local Skills Academy
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